Greek Protesters Descend on Athens Police Hq
Riot squads are protecting police headquarters in the Greek capital Athens as protesters angry at the police shooting of a 15-year-old targeted state institutions.
Protests marked court appearances for six militants among 86 arrested during weekend violence following the police shooting of a teenager earlier this month.
As the country marked its tenth day of demonstrations, Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis went to Cyprus for a funeral.
More rallies were planned for the night, but for the first time demonstrators admitted a fear of their days-long mobilisation "deflating."
More than 1,000 youths descended on the capital's police base to lead coordinated action disrupting traffic, public buildings and state radio broadcasts across the country.
But the only clashes involving firebombing and tear gas -- the cocktail of choice for Athens radicals -- came outside the prison where two officers await trial over the December 6 killing of 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos.
As well as Athens, there were also reports of protests in Thessaloniki, on the island of Lesbos, in Patras and in Ioannina.
An opinion poll over the weekend suggested a majority supported a "popular uprising" against the Karamanlis government.
The administration is facing further problems after the resurfacing of a land swap scandal. There are five parliamentary inquiries into government deals with the Vatopedi monastery, which has been under investigation over a series of state land swaps that lost Greek taxpayer millions of euros.